Wednesday, May 11, 2011

RN Extern Program

I got another acceptance letter today.

Now I don't know what to do.

I am making myself sick over picking one and my hubby won't help me decide.

Ugh. I hate this, I never thought I would have a hard time.

Hospital #1 is the hospital I did my clinical rotations at. I feel comfortable there. I know a few of the staff members. Although, they want you to work a full 40 hours a week, which is fine with me until my hubby gets his leave in June. I don't know if they are willing to let me off. They schedule me. I have to wear white scrubs. I will save gas.

Hospital #2 will give me the opportunity to stay with my grandma and mom this summer. It is such a NICE hospital that I could see myself working at when I graduated. They let me schedule my OWN HOURS. Taking off to see my husband for his leave is not a big deal at all, I already have it cleared with them. I will be wasting a ton of gas.

I never thought I would be so messed up by having to make this decision. I should be happy that I am badass enough to get into BOTH competitive programs. They only had enough room to accept half of the applicants. I have friends from my school that didn't get in either programs. I just had to apply to both of them in fear I wouldn't get one. I took someones spot and they won't pick another person if I drop.

Think I might go throw up now. I know it's not a big deal but I feel like it is going to be a life changing experience. Hubby and I don't know where we are going to move after graduation and deployment but either hospitals would be a good decision and there is BSN programs in both towns. Hospital #2 has a HUGE university program right at the hospital. The other hospital is a small state university so it would be cheaper...

Why do I have a type A personality. This decision is not going to kill me or determine my entire future although I feel that way right now. I hate planning my entire life out to a T.


  1. HOSPITAL 2.. the gas will be worth it if u get to see your husband for sure and you will have your family too help you through the deployment and you get to scheldule ur own hours, that awesome! follow your heart girl!

  2. I am going to call hospital #1 tomorrow and ask about taking time off to see my husband, if they aren't going to work with me...then I am for sure not working for them. I am trying to be responsible by picking the "right" place for me money wise and gas wise. I hope they do work with me...but like you said having my family with be awesome! Hospital #2 was amazing! I fell in love immediately!

  3. If you see yourself working at hospital #2, I would definitely say, waste gas and go there over the summer. A lot of places hire the nurses that worked for them while in nursing school so it just makes you that much more of a competitive candidate when you are an RN. Even though the big university costs more, a lot of those hospitals have great tuition reimbursement.

    Plus, scheduling yourself is pretty baller. Even though husband is not home, it gives you time to take time off that you want for anything random without feeling like a horrible employee!

  4. Thanks for the input everyone! Hospital #2 is pretty baller! I so want it, I guess I will sleep on it tonight! Hopefully I can get enough confidence to try something unusual and NEW!:)

  5. Hospital 2. Go with the place that you might want to work after you finish school. It will help you get your foot in the door. Opening up career opportunities + having flexibility to see your hubby? Definitely worth the gas.

  6. I would definitely say hospital #2. You can spend time with family and you will be able to take off without a problem to see your husband when he comes home. and making your own schedule is awesome! I used to work as a nurse tech and all of us were hired on a PRN basis - so basically, all of us made our own schedules. It was so nice. You won't be able to do that when you become an RN! Also think forward to school...will hospital #1 cut your hours when you're back in school? 40 hours/week is A LOT while going through nursing school...I honestly don't recommend it. When I was back in school, I cut my work hours tremendously, but as long as I met their minimum requirements (24 hours/month with at least 1 weekend shift) I had no problems.

  7. Out of experience I recommend you pick the one where you schedule your own hours. It means a lot to your wellbeing having control over your working hours, believe me!

  8. Personally, I would go with the second hospital. I see too many pros to turn this one down. You can work your own hours, spend time with your husband, AND see your family? Not to mention, if this is a potential employer, you need to get your foot in the door. You're already established at the other hospital from previous clinicals, and I think you should step out of your comfort zone to give this other hospital a chance!

    Good luck!


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